Iraqi-Americans and Iraqi Politics: Sectarianism, Identity and Transnational Advocacy
March 18, 2010 @ 8:30pm
Johnson Center, Room G
George Mason University
How has the 2003 war in Iraq and its aftermath affected Iraqi-Americans living in the United States, and what roles have they played in the political reconstruction of Iraq during this period? Our guest speakers explored various aspects of the Iraqi-American diaspora, addressing questions of identity, ethnic and sectarian politics, and their positions vis-a-vis the recent Iraqi elections.
Sponsored by the Center for Global Studies and the Middle East Studies Program.
Laith Kubba is Senior Director for the Middle East & North Africa at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and a former Iraqi government spokesman.
Marwa Alkhairo has researched the Iraqi-American community and worked for a variety of international organizations and NGOs including Oxfam, the Carter Center, USIP and UNHCR.
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